Correa out 6-8 weeks with torn thumb ligament

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“Losing a player of Carlos’ caliber for an extended period is a big blow to our club, but I believe we have the roster to persevere and continue to win games,” said Luhnow. “We do expect Carlos to return to the club in September and be ready to contribute down the stretch.”

Correa was removed following a swing and miss in which he aggravated an injury he originally sustained sliding headfirst into the plate in Atlanta on July 4. He continued to swing a hot stick, but admitted on Monday that the thumb has been bothering him.

“I was wishing with the [All-Star] break it was just going to go away, but today I felt it really bad,” Correa said.

Manager A.J. Hinch said on Monday that Correa would be re-evaluated, but a dispirited Correa said he was in a lot of pain following the swing.

Hinch on Correa's injury

“The bat just released itself,” Correa said. “I felt a lot of pain and felt like I couldn’t go back in there. That’s why I started walking to the trainer.”

Correa first injured the thumb trying to score from second base two weeks ago, when he hit the shinguard of Atlanta catcher Tyler Flowers. He didn’t play the following game, but went 7-for-17 with three homers and seven RBIs in a four-game series in Toronto leading into the All-Star break.

Correa's injury

“I reinjured it,” Correa said. “I think I’ve been playing through some pain the last couple of days. Hopefully it’s nothing bad. We’ll get it evaluated tomorrow and see what happens.”

Hinch didn’t like to see Correa come out of the game.

“I know it’s pretty painful for him,” he said. “We need to get some tests tomorrow done and we’ll know more.”

Correa, who started at shortstop last week for the American League in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, entered Monday ranked fourth in the American League with a .970 OPS. He was hitting .442 in his previous 12 games with six homers and 18 RBIs and had reached base in 27 consecutive games prior to going 0-for-1 on Monday with a sac fly.

Correa's sac fly plates Springer

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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